State of Grace

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Southern
State of Grace is a coastal, South Texas neighborhood restaurant in the refurbished Lamar-River Oaks Shopping Center. Elegant but casual, its elevated comfort food by executive chef Bobby Matos is executed at the highest level in a welcoming, beautiful space. The jubilant medley of old favorites played with new spice, accent, and freshness lends itself to southern, American, Latin, Gulf Coast, German and Asian influences. Chef-owner Ford Fry’s first venture outside of Atlanta, State of Grace is located in the neighborhood where Ford grew up and nods to his childhood memories fused with Houston’s evolution into a melting pot of cultures and cuisines.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate 2020 at State of Grace with a special prix fixe menu from chef Bobby Matos for $85 per person for New Year's Eve.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1582 People Are Saying
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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you wanna are blessed enough to get Megan as your server, and she offers to craft a menu for your group- DO IT.

TG
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is amazing! I have never been disappointed. Highly recommend.

JP
New England
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were rushed out unceremoniously at the end. I get it, it was a very busy night, but between the four of us we spent $600 and we don’t expect to feel rushed. Most of the dishes were of a high standard but my salted cod was tough and flavorless, not very enjoyable. Felt the staff were slightly condescending. Great atmosphere downstairs, but not in a hurry to return.

FR
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meagan was great! Manager checked on us frequently while we dined. From cocktails to the brunch selection... our family enjoyed everything! It’s always a more enjoyable experience when the service is on point.

J
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great night and the food and drinks were fantastic. This was our first visit but we will be back for sure.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebratory birthday dinner. Upscale crowd. Perfect service. It was a bit noisy, but acceptable level for a mostly full house. The food was delicious.

C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is spot on and they go out of their way to make the night special. Cocktails are made to perfection and the food is both interesting and flavorful. Great for special occasions.

RP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were great, as always and the service was impeccable.

JR
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience was nice, moderate noise level. Food and service were excellent! Waiter even surprised us with a dozen oysters, on the house. Our reserved table was ready as soon as we arrived. Everything I look for in a restaurant and more!

JS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and service was great. My wife and I can’t wait to go back!

t
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food quality was excellent, service was quite good (though they were seriously disorganized in getting us seated, never mind that there were only two groups up front). However --- if you give them a try you might want to bring along a battery-powered lamp for your table. The front (main) room is well lit, as is the bar area. The back area is very poorly lit; the light levels are kept far too low to, say, be able to read the wine list. I could barely read the menu.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the oyster bar and had an amazing time chatting with the shucker! Great food great drinks and great service!

HN
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had only been for lunch, my friend had only been for lunch and my husband had never been to State of Grace. Everything was fantastic! The service was especially great-just enough attention but not overbearing.

We will be back for dinner again soon!

KH
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are fairly new to Houston and finding great restaurants is our quest. We may have found one of our favorites. State of Grace was excellent. The octopus was the best we’ve ever had. The atmosphere was warm and cozy. The service was great and our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful with his recommendations. We’ll be back!!!

IS
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was oysters happy hour, it was great

WD
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To say the meal was life-alteringly good might be an overstatement, but I remember life before having the octopus and I don't want to go back to that state. And while the food alone is enough to justify many visits to State of Grace, you would be a fool not to partake from their cocktail list which has nothing but first round draft pick quality concoctions. Not only are the food and drinks nearly unbeatable, but the service should be the gold standard all other restaurants seek to achieve. We've dined many times and would recommend every employee we've ever encountered. Somehow you just can't go wrong here - with ANYTHING! But, if you're somehow not yet convinced, the gingersnap cookies they give you on the way out are worth the price of admission. Seriously. Do not under any circumstance decline the gingersnap cookie on the way out.

Ps. If you are still on the fence about checking out State of Grace, go at lunch time for dollar oysters. ::mic drop::

CJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was top notch and the service was better. We sat at the bar because we were early for our reservation and ended up eating at the bar. Loved this restaurant and would be back in a heartbeat.

ND
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous place. Just lovely. Chefs bar are very romantic, the rooms are beautiful, the food terrific and Dominick a dream of a server. Go! Get the queso shrimp and the crab hush puppies and the burger is one of the best in the city. With or without bernaise frys.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had two coworker bday and we’re treated amazingly. Our waitress already knew about our gluten allergy and that it was someone’s bday. Top of the line service and super friendly.

AF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Service was OUTSTANDING!! had about 3-4 different people come to our table of 9 guests! Thank you

F
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambiance all were perfect. One of the loveliest restaurants in Houston. Our group arrived for brunch and were promptly seated in my favorite rooms in the restaurant, the green draped room behind the reception desk. The brunch menu had both standard brunch fare and some food with a Cajun flair like the blue crab hush puppies and begniets. Service was excellent. Love coming here...

KC
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of or possibly the best dining we've ever had! The service was exceptional as was the food! We were treated like royalty! I would consider this the top restaurant in Houston!

AB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food combinations, Texas style. Outstanding service!

GW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great romantic restaurant with great staff! Definitely would recommend to anyone!

JG
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of Houston’s greats. I’m probably not the best judge of value because if I like something and don’t feel like I overpaid, I consider it a good value. State of Grace is expensive, but it doesn’t disappoint.

KL
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. AMAZING service. Well worth the experience.

OT
Houston
105 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$1 Oysters? Hello!!!! Great bar scene.

C
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best service we have received in a while. Very attentive and they really went out of their way to make us feel Comfortable

OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. The place was very eclectic and cute. The little room we sat in was very cute and personal. The staff was very attentive and the little cookie when leaving was the cherry on top!
We will return again and plan on getting more of those deliciously fresh oysters!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Loved our waiter.

OT
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. The Smoked Chocolate Sunday was incredible as was the service provided by Nicole.

SR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant for a date period. Amazing service, amazing food, romantic atmosphere.

RC
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience
Food, service and atmosphere were excellent
Oysters had a really nice selection
Baked oysters with a hint of smoke are worth a try
Caesar Kale, - superb - big enough to split. - great taste and texture even fir the non kale lovers
Texas Redfish - cooked perfectly and with the great saucing was a complement to the fish not a distraction

Save room for desert - Sticky Toffee pudding with the
Molted Milk ice cream was one of the best deserts we have had in a long time- great texture and flavor for the stick toffee pudding, not overdone.

Would definitely be back
Shout out to Paul V for his excellent service

ST
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an anniversary lunch there. Overall it was a very pleasant experience. The waitress was super nice, food was good....a tad bit salty on the chips and fries (chips on the lobster roll and fries on my husband's fish sandwhich), but the main part of the meal was delicious. And the oysters and hush puppies were delightful! It was our first time there. We'll definitely be back!

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our experience!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and amazing food! The waiters were so incredibly nice! Definitely going to go back!

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at State of Grace, but yesterday was a special evening to celebrate my fiancée’s birthday. Needless to say, everything was delightful, from the best-you-can-get in Houston oysters to our crab finger favorites.

We then indulged with their house made blood orange sorbet—such an expected surprise—hope it stays on the menu for a while.

SoG is a must if you’ve never been. Thanks again for a wonderful evening.

R
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came on a Sunday evening. At first I was very disappointed that they only have a Prix Fixe menu that they call Sunday Super but it ended up being delicious and a great value.

j
New Orleans
48 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will not be the last
Sunday is a set menu so would like to try during the week
Excellent food and service

LS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Staff was totally scarce towards the end of the meal - ie didn’t seem them after the food was delivered. Waited a long time to find someone to deliver the bill